Headline RoundupApril 17th, 2024

Biden Calls for Tripling of Tariffs on Chinese Steel, Aluminum

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden called for tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum to be tripled.

Details: Speaking at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, Biden called for the average tariff rate on Chinese steel and aluminum, which is currently 7.5%, to be tripled in order to combat “unfair Chinese trade practices” that are driving down prices and cutting into the profits of American manufacturers. This announcement follows recent pro-union moves from the Biden Administration, such as Biden’s recent promise to block the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company.

Key Quotes: A Fact Sheet released by the White House stated, “Chinese policies and subsidies for their domestic steel and aluminum industries means high-quality U.S. products are undercut by artificially low-priced Chinese alternatives produced with higher emissions … President Biden is calling for USTR to consider enhancing the effectiveness of tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products by tripling them.” Speaking at a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Biden told members of the United Steelworkers Union, “we’re in a stronger position to win the economic competition in the 21st century against China, or anywhere else, because we’re investing in America and American workers again.” Reuters (Center bias) quoted a spokesperson for China's embassy in Washington stating the United States was “making the same mistake again and again.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum framed Biden’s call to action as a political maneuver aimed at appealing to union workers, who are typically in favor of tariffs.

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